Using Agile Methodology in Testing
Static, cumbersome software is no longer an option for competitive companies; it’s critical to agile software develop processes that quickly iterate new code and release new features while simultaneously ensuring high quality. As a result, many companies have turned to Agile development methodology, which focuses on fast iterations and constant evaluation to produce flexible, robust and stable software. But understanding the value of Agile doesn’t guarantee easy adoption by the agile software development team — adapting traditional QA processes to an Agile testing environment is not something you learn from a book, but a skill and culture developed through experience.
Teams converting to agile have challenges not only in adapting processes and thinking differently, but also behaving differently. XBOSoft offers a unique blend of software testing expertise in agile testing methodologies from waterfall to hybrid to Agile. Our depth of hands-on experience in a variety of industries gives us the ability to tailor and optimize an agile methodology in testing to each client’s specific needs.
What Is Agile Testing?
In traditional software development project life cycles, test plans play a very important role. In the initial phase of the project, the agile testing teams sit together and puts together a test strategy while discussing the testing scope based on the requirements specification to ensure that all critical features mentioned in the specification will be tested. They then discuss who tests what and the timing of each test phase alongside development. The output of this testing process is the test plan with associated test cases and acceptance tests.
In terms of quality assurance and testing, what changes when migrating from a traditional development workflow to Agile? Rather than a detailed plan that explains step by step what to do and who should do it, Agile sets forth a direction with a compass and ways to work with the compass (users and product owners) so you get to where you need to go. In Agile, some waterfall activities are reduced while some get larger, expand, change, and/or move to a new order in the QA process. Most important, you need to be agile about being Agile. Adapt to bumps in the road and the context of your project and organization.